Propecia (generic name: finasteride; brand names include: Appecia / Finotop / Proscar / Fincar / Finpecia / Finax / Finast / Finara / Finalo / Prosteride / Gefina / Appecia / Finasterid) is used to treat men with male pattern hair loss to increase hair growth on the scalp and to prevent further hair loss.
More than 1 million men in the US have used Propecia since the drug's introduction in 1998.
Clinical studies of Propecia demonstrated visible results. The effectiveness of Propecia was demonstrated in studies of men, aged 18 to 41, with mild to moderate hair loss at the top and middle front of the head.
Propecia works by reducing DHT (dihydrotesterone), a key cause of hair loss. It inhibits the formation of DHT in the scalp, thus helping to reverse the balding process.
Propecia does not affect hair on other parts of the body.
There should be no need to change your usual hair care routine (for example, shampooing or haircuts) because you are taking Propecia.
Propecia is not addictive.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Take Propecia exactly as directly by your doctor. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. Do not give Propecia to children or women.
The dose is one tablet taken once each day. Propecia will not work faster or better if you take it more than once a day. Swallow Propecia with a glass of water.
It does not matter if you take Propecia before or after food.
Male pattern hair loss is a condition that develops over a long period of time. Because it takes time for new hair to grow, you will not see immediate results. In general, daily use for 3 months or more may be necessary before you notice increased hair growth or prevention of further loss. Continue taking Propecia for as long as your doctor prescribes. Propecia can only work over the long term if you continue taking it.
If you forget to take Propecia, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your tablet as you would normally. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
Keep Propecia at room temperature in a dry place.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have an allergy to Propecia or any other medicines.
Active ingredient: finasteride.